Bell Lightbox to host free street party, concerts by Polaris Prize nominees

Bell Lightbox to host free street party, concerts by Polaris Prize nominees

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Most star-struck Torontonians will be turned away from film festival parties by burly bouncers, but TIFF’s Bell Lightbox, affirming our resounding approval of the new film house, is hosting a free block party to give locals a taste of the festival action. The event is happening on King between John and Peter Streets September 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature free admission to the building to check out the Essential Cinema exhibit and Atom Egoyan’ Screens installation.

Most of the fun will be outside, though, and unlike at most TIFF events, kids are welcome. The Family Fun Zone will have a The Wizard of Oz theme with a bouncy castle, crafts and face painting. Grown-ups will be busy watching the entertainment; Polaris Prize nominees Karkwa, The Sadies and Radio Radio will be performing, along with Fefe Dobson and a surprise music performance presented by George Stroumboulopoulos. (See the event’s full lineup here.) Here’s hoping the street party becomes a festival tradition.

TIFF Bell Lightbox opens its doors on September 12th with a free block party [Clutch PR]